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Volkspark Residential Area
Site: Hamburg, Germany
Project Status: Competition
Main Use: Residential
Number of Housing Units: 2.000
Landscape Architect: L+

On the area of Bahrenfeld’s former horse racing grounds a new residential area was planned as an urban garden city that derives its qualities from the direct proximity to Volkspark. This urban garden city is characterized by a high building density as well as extensive green areas to which the residential buildings are directed. Typical elements of a garden city are meandering streets and squares designed according to the concept of shared space and are key to the urban reinterpretation of this new residential area.

Green belts weave the open spaces of Volkspark into the neighbourhood. They are lined by an open block structure. These linear perimeter buildings deviate several times and create a generous inner green space opening up towards the Volkspark as well as open spaces of various sizes and qualities between the belts. These spaces taper and open up to create wide public spaces for the neighbourhood.
While the area forms clear urban edges towards the main streets, the inner part shows a strong permeability especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

Although the buildings are designed as angled rows of houses embracing the inner green to form continous open spaces, the building structure is diverse. Several buildings of varying width form the rows and thereby allow for different residential typologies within each row. The height of the buildings decreases towards the park as to open the whole area towards the Volkspark. Divides in the rows provide a generous network of pathways but also potential for future extensions and higher density of the area.